Admittedly, when Bunny TNT started, back in 2006, the intention was to start a social and educational club, not a rescue and shelter. However, it didn't take long even then for us to hear of rabbits abandoned or otherwise in need of a new home. At first, the numbers were managable and the fosters generally found homes within a few months. But as rabbits become increasingly popular as house pets the economic situation in our region has become less stable, resulting in an increase in the number of people wanting to surrender their bunny or bunnies. The Bunny TNT Bunny House (otherwise known as the Gedraitis residence in College Hill) currently houses thirty rabbits, twenty-four of which are up for adoption, and the calls keep coming in hoping we'll take in just one more. That is simply not possible with the current situation.
Our hope is to find a place big enough to house a hundred rabbits in a safe and friendly environment. We will be able to keep regular hours and welcome groups of volunteers, many of whom shy away from the thought of volunteering at a private residence. And Bunny TNT can increase our visibility as valuable members of the Wichita civic community.
It is long past time for Bunny TNT to branch out into a commercial space that can be used both as a shelter and gathering place for bunny social events, such as hop-ins. Expansion, however, will not come cheap. It costs about $15,000.00 a year just to keep things as they are, with nearly $4,000.00 coming directly from the Gedraitis family themselves. Also, a new building will have taxes and utility costs that will not be covered by default as with a private home. We can also expect a couple thousand dollars to go into fixing the interior of said building, including building pens for the bunnies. Your help is greatly needed.